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Parliamentary numbers game may change Turkish constitution

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Parliamentary numbers game may change Turkish constitution


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to being able to implement a new constitution. A member of the Kurdish BDP party has lost his seat and this has added an extra seat to 326 won by Erdogan’s AK Party at this month’s elections. To call a referendum without the support of other parties, the AK Party needs 330.

General Engin Alan, who represents the oppostion Nationalist Movement Party will not be allowed his seat for now because he is in custody on charges related to an alleged plot to topple the government.

A more pressing issue may be tensions with Turkey’s ethnic Kurds. Now their BDP member Hatip Dicle has been stripped of his seat for spreading terrorist propaganda in the past, the party will boycott parliament. This could trigger unrest in the south east and by-elections for the party’s 36 seats.

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